Thursday, June 16, 2016

Decided January's talk.
Told Rob Campbell I would do Celtic Legacy for our January Talk. It will in all probability be the last one I will give. I would like to go for that one my favourite PowerPoint show.
                           The Celtic temple Near Marseilles.

The one that sets the scene of heads, snakes etc.
It is surprising that some of the links that still are used today yet they date back so far into the past.

                     The Green Man's head in St Andrews Church

Titivated up in Victorian times when they made the former Becket Chapel into the Hallam Chapel. Did they realise just what they were perpetrating? That is not counting the Celtic "Wheel of Life" and the three torcs cut in the Chancel Arch pillars, or the "Sheila na Gig" on the corbel stones outside. 

       Even in as late as the 1930s they were celebrating "Blessing the Plough"

The Plough Blessing I think was most likely held by the Vicar of All Saints Church. It looks as though it had been held in the field toward Clevedon from the court. Or perhaps the field in which the fish pond still stands.
"Erce, Erce, Erce" They may not have used the original Saxon/Celtic words but the ceremony itself dates back to well over 1,000 years from when they performed it; no matter what language they spoke.

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